By Remso W. Martinez
“Washington and politics are a lagging indicator of social change” ~Matt Kibbe
I’m done with political predictions. Trump took the crystal ball I thought I had and shattered it, so I’m finished with those predictions. With that albatross in the room shot dead, that doesn’t leave me with much to write about personally, but one thing has been rumbling around in my head…
Bernie Sanders made socialism sexy…
Seriously, so many upset “Bernie or bust” doops across the nation cried on live television during the DNC. His stupid policies and underhanded Marxist propaganda made socialism relevant. Yet this wasn’t a run of the mill phenomenon; Sanders’ ability to run a campaign in the Democratic primaries as an open socialist and be taken seriously was the product of more than a hundred years of Fabian strategy leading up to his moment where Bernie was able to fundamentally transform the Democratic Party.
This all leads me to where everything in the world went wrong, why have libertarians not been capable of making as deep of an impact as the creepy socialist? For years I followed the Saul Alinsky approach to social change (subtlety), from there I even worked as an open Libertarian (where my intentions were public), trying to pitch a tent in the subtle and loud camps of the Liberty movement. Watching the race play out now, here are three factors I consider in understanding where I may have gone wrong.
Ted Cruz has since day one of his time in the US Senate been a rabble rousing outsider. While Rand Paul was filibustering Eric Holder’s theoretical drone striking of a Starbucks, Cruz actually managed to push the establishment into shutting down the government for three weeks back in 2013. The strange thing about Rand vs. Ted is that while Rand was touted the liberty golden boy, Ted Cruz was there at his side, but when it came to even bigger things such as fighting internet censorship and several other hot button issues, it was in fact Cruz leading the charge. Ted Cruz even had the stones to stand on the senate floor and call out all the establishment leaders of the GOP in broad daylight and not even a year later stood on the RNC floor and refuse to endorse the nominee. To this day Cruz is perhaps the sharpest conservative in the government, and he wasn’t able to make as many dents in the Washington Cartel because he was out making friends.
John McAfee told people to run in the streets naked, that was something that I had to wrap my mind around for a while. Looking at his presidential campaign in retrospect however, I get the concept even more. In an interview with Reason Magazine McAfee stated to the reporter:
“I’m 70! You can do anything you want to waste time. I can’t. I’m doing this to change the country that I love as much as I love myself. So you can believe it. I don’t give a shit or not whether you believe it! It’s whether I live it. And I live it, I have lived it my entire life.”
From his rather peculiar campaign videos to other tactics used to gain attention, I realized that McAfee’s campaign’s rather eclectic methods succeeded in two things; gaining the apathetic citizen’s ear long enough to give them a second look, and force certain individuals to actually put in some bloody effort for the cause. The political influence of McAfee lives on with the Vote Different Initiative, who looked at the failure of the Libertarian Party National Committee’s tools and capabilities for candidates and said “sit down son, I’ll take it from here.” The Vote Different approach spotted the holes in many campaigns and immediately filled the void with contacts, support, and other logistical help. McAfee made people think and told them to do a gut check and act, and now they’re actually putting work in.
Alinsky’s mob tactics took Fabian strategy into the 20th century, but it wasn’t successful because he simple was able to influence the right number of people into obtaining public office and political power. Alinsky was able to use fear, paranoia, and tragedy to seize on the moment. It’s the same tactic the media and the elites use and it works every time. As Rahm Emmanuel once said, “never let a serious crisis go to waste.”
What is to be learned from this? Commitment…
For those that listen to my show where I continually talk about this, I already stated before I don’t have the answer for how to change hearts and minds down to a science, what I do know however is this; Alinsky spotted the battlefields of where political and social conflicts would take place, and men such as Ted Cruz and John McAfee were able to tell people to get off your rear, fight, and go down punching if need be.
Enough tough talk to friends and angry tweets, go actually do something that matters.
*Originally published at The Liberty Conservative, republished with permission of the author
By Remso W. Martinez
“What if the new political spectrum has on one side those people who want to be left alone, those who want to be free, those who don’t hurt people or take their stuff, and on the other extreme of this new scale stands anyone who wants to use government power to tell you how to live your life?”
― Matt Kibbe, Don’t Hurt People and Don’t Take Their Stuff: A Libertarian Manifesto
Recently I declared my independence from political parties; what this did was create a wave of criticism from those in the Liberty Movement as I publically endorsed candidates across party lines, all whom I felt best advanced the message of liberty.
Many have called me “conservative”, a “right winger”, more humorously a “libertarian in name only”. As an individual who cares not for titles, an individual who has actively spoken against partisan loyalty, I feel confident when I proudly call myself a libertarian due to my commitment to the 5 Principles of Liberty over any man, movement, or party.
I am not a conservative for the same reason I am not a progressive, I do not support the use of state coercion for private gain against other individuals who are not a threat to my life or property. While the conservative claims to support the individual, it is entirely hypocritical to say you are free when you do not have your intrinsic right to self ownership respected. Whether it be the topic of the drug war, marriage licensing, or even educational freedom, the conservative only supports the individual freedoms that conform to him.
In F.A Hayek’s essay “Why I Am Not A Conservative”, Hayek states in the beginning:
Conservatism proper is a legitimate, probably necessary, and certainly widespread attitude of opposition to drastic change. It has, since the French Revolution, for a century and a half played an important role in European politics. Until the rise of socialism its opposite was liberalism. There is nothing corresponding to this conflict in the history of the United States, because what in Europe was called “liberalism” was here the common tradition on which the American polity had been built: thus the defender of the American tradition was a liberal in the European sense.This already existing confusion was made worse by the recent attempt to transplant to America the European type of
conservatism, which, being alien to the American tradition, has acquired a somewhat odd character. And some time before this, American radicals and socialists began calling themselves “liberals.” I will nevertheless continue for the moment to describe as liberal, the position which I hold and which I believe differs as much from true conservatism as from socialism.
The true reason I stand as a libertarian instead of a conservative, is that I swear on my life and my love of it, I will not be put into forced servitude for another man, nor will I force another man to serve me.
I am not a conservative for the same reason I am against the draft, the welfare state, economic interventionism, and unconstitutional growth in government; I place the individual, regardless of how I think one should conduct one’s life, as the most important part of civil society.
*This blog was republished with permission of the author
By Remso W. Martinez
"Rescue me, O LORD, from evil men; preserve me from violent men.” ~Psalm 140:1
Every pro or anti gun argument out there has been beaten down to a science. This isn’t another gun rights argument.
Sifting through the news I discovered this, a no name liberal writer “totally down” with the President unilaterally disarming all citizens of firearms. The rhetoric is what gained rapid attention, not his credentials nor his logic. This debate needs to change, it’s outgrown the normal political scales we have grown accustomed to.
Unlike Gretchen Carlson of Fox News- a journalist I respect and an individual I have great admiration for- I do not see the 2nd Amendment as the right to use arms to hunt. Some say I don’t need an AR-15, and they have the right to say that, but I don’t think the EPA does either, and I certainly know other people in my own life who own firearms who I know certainly should not. I don’t care enough to have the Government draft legislation to disarm anyone though, because as long as I know who is armed and they know I am armed I am ok with that because we have to understand one thing; for one armed force to face off against another is mutually ensured destruction. Sometimes, understanding that I will have to become violent if violence is brought against me is all we need in order to get along, or at least tolerate each other enough and understand that the world is wide enough.
You say I don’t need an AR-15 but I say serial stabbers don’t need knives and those who commit hit & runs don’t need cars. We are so fast to run after the object because we don’t understand the real issue, the issue is sin. The issue is the action, not the method, the harder aspect to tackle for a flawed society. We are a flock of sheep, euthanizing the sheep dogs hoping that the sheep herder will always be there to keep the wolves at bay.
You can draft legislation or decree a dictatorial order as the no name liberal wimp I noted earlier mentioned, and as you send men with guns to confiscate my arms, I will be the first to admit I will not fight law enforcement. The law can demand my guns and I will turn them over because I don’t have the will to fight an impossible situation; me alone vs. the monopoly of power masquerading as justice. Say of me what you will, but if it gets to that point where that is the only option, we have much more to worry about in America. With that said, I don’t speak for those who will take “liberty or death” much more seriously either.
While the state sends men given the blessing to commit violence to those who will not bow, all you will have accomplished is disarming a law abiding public while those who don’t care for liberty or the law continue to kill and spread violence for violence sake.
You say I don’t need an AR-15, but I don’t believe in living in a world where I can’t have an upper hand against evil. Yes, I will not go hunting with an AR-15 but the truth is it’s not for hunting, it’s for killing and I’m not ignorant of that fact. Owning a firearm in my view is not meant to take life, but to preserve life. If I have to put down an individual, that person isn’t a life worth saving if they chose to inflict unjustified violence on the innocent. Easy access to guns is on us as Americans, but restricting access simply dilutes our will to protect ourselves and remain independent and free.
You’ve heard it before but I’ll say it again, to attack our guns is to attack us and by doing so the terrorist win.
It’s literally that simple.
My gun is an extension of my natural right to self defense. It’s a tool and I am the operator.
Men like the no name liberal wimp who frothed at the mouth for a royal decree to have the government disarm “we the people” feels brave because men without power always wish to take away the power and strength of others.
Liberals often say the Second Amendment only specifies a “well-regulated militia” but I agree with James Madison, I am the militia and if you love this country enough, you are too. America will never be invaded because of our military presence abroad, but because of the mutually ensured destruction that would come if a foreign enemy tried to face off against the most well armed populace in history.
Yes, I am willing to commit violence for the preservation of life. That is what liberty asks of each and everyone of us. To deny that is to deny reality itself.
If you aren’t willing to ever consider violence as an option against evil, that’s your problem, not mine.
"It's the most wonderful tiiiiiimmmmmmeeee of the yyyeeeaaarrrr!" unless you happen to be single....
Well move aside you unlovable single loser you, it's time to hit the stores while you still can before you mess up the one day a year you're supposed to be romantic (If you're romantic only one time a year for your loved one you've got some problems but who am I to say anything? I don't know... I just happen to not be single but whatever)!
5. "I've got your Gold Standard right here you Gold digger!"
If you think bloggers make money, think again!!!! for all you bros working for the man, those expensive and beautiful heart shaped boxes of chocolate can cost some major dough. Don't be that one dough head though and buy last minute chocolates from Wal-Mart (even though Wal-Mart is one reason the US is great), be creative for your liberty lady! Get her some gold coins with a note that says "you're worth more than gold", or "you're my gold standard", or some other cheesy one liner. The one thing women love more than gold is chocolate, it's a win win situation!
4. "Keep your Glock locked Shorty..."
Who would say no to a handgun? Nothing says "I trust you" more than giving your woman a handgun. It's a way of showing her you value her, and that her safety is so important to you that you're willing to have her packing heat. Besides, nothing is more romantic than a range date with hot lead flying through the air and the rush that comes with a tight shot group center target.
3. "Let me give you a big Atlas Hug..."
Do you wanna see whether or not someone is interested in a long term commitment? Give them a copy of Atlas Shrugged. If they finish it, they're a keeper, if they don't... guess you gotta let them go...
2. "You're more rare than Rearden Steel..."
You want your lovely lady to be the belle of the ball at the next Tea Party meeting or Libertarian Party meet up? Have her go in style with a copy of Dagny Taggart's Rearden Steel bracelet from Atlas Shrugged. Women like chocolate and guns, but you can never go wrong with jewelry!
1. South Park on Blu-ray
After a long day of eating chocolate, shooting at the range, cramming another dozen pages of Atlas Shrugged, and going out on the town with her Rearden Steel bracelet, nothing spells the end of a great day any better than binge watching an entire season of the most libertarian show in existence, South Park. Be sure to treat your lady right though, remember dating is like the free market, she has options! So don't screw up!
Teddy Roosevelt was a progress, a socialist, a neocon, everything libertarians despise rolled up into one dude with a bad mustache and a "big stick." Still, if there is one president you'd want to have by your side if the world turned sideways and a zombie apocalypse came around the corner, it would be Roosevelt. A soldier, a boxer, a police commissioner, and hard lining politician, the dude did possess some qualities most people would admire. Here are some quotes to make you wanna pull yourself up by your own bootstraps, and hit the ground hard charging for tomorrow.
10. It is hard to fail, but it is worse never to have tried to succeed.
9. Speak softly and carry a big stick; you will go far.
8. If you could kick the person in the pants responsible for most of your trouble, you wouldn't sit for a month.
7. Nobody cares how much you know, until they know how much you care.
6. Keep your eyes on the stars, and your feet on the ground.
5. To educate a man in mind and not in morals is to educate a menace to society.
4. A man who has never gone to school may steal from a freight car; but if he has a university education, he may steal the whole railroad.
3. People ask the difference between a leader and a boss. The leader leads, and the boss drives.
2. Far better is it to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure... than to rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy nor suffer much, because they live in a gray twilight that knows not victory nor defeat.
1. Courtesy is as much a mark of a gentleman as courage.
rock, love, and live free...
Remso W. Martinez
I want to talk to the black sheep of the family- the guys who listened to their music a little to loud, the girls who dressed contrary to the trending fashion, and the nerds who nobody got. If you were in any of those categories or found yourself in another fringe section, congratulations! Because right there you're already part of the libertarian family of misfits and rabble rousers without even knowing it!
What do all these misfits have in common? They were going against the grain from the start. Often people, young and old, try and go with the flow; walk in the same line as everyone else, talk like everyone else, no one wants to be different, because different is lonely. Our choices, our decisions, what you choose to do makes you who you are, and ultimately everyone wants to have the freedom to choose who they are and how they live their lives. Think about it, we have hundreds of different cars to choose from, hundreds of different drinks, hundreds of different religions, you name it, you typically have a buffet of options.
Options are great, options are what make us happy, but sometimes certain options are cut off from us because others know that sometimes, people choose to do things certain people don't like.
Sometimes, assholes take away your options.
There is nothing more crooked, more disgusting, more fixed and rigged than modern American political thinking. From the moment you enter America's public education system, you are immediately bombarded not with actual knowledge, but a series of control measures meant to make you disciplined and conformed. Instead of teaching the about the Constitution and free markets in our classes, we are cornered between two terrible choices; do you want big government now? Or do you want big government now?
You think something doesn't seem right? Good, because now you're thinking.
Both conservatives and progressives/liberals/no-communists/democratic-socialists (whatever the Hell they call themselves) are really more similar than you think. They want to control your personal freedom and economic liberty, plain and simple. It seems like each time you see a politician give a speech, they always try and preach about what rights of yours they're protecting or what free stuff you're going to get, but there's always a catch.
The conservatives try and say they're protecting your economic freedom while legislating their individual moral authority on citizens, while the progressives will protect your civil liberties but rig the economy to drive us all into a welfare state. What's absolutely mind blowing is that unless you've been in a bunker since 1960 waiting for the Russians to come, both Republican and Democratic administrations have successfully been able to control, coerce, and manipulate your life in one way or another.
The great American hostage crisis that defines our concept of left-wing and right-wing politics, makes us choose what we value more while sacrificing one of the most important gifts from our Creator we have- free will.
The ability to be socially tolerant and fiscally responsible was defined simply by my old boss at FreedomWorks, Matt Kibbe, who stated bluntly that the concept if libertarianism is "don't hurt people and don't take their stuff."
The rules for life you learned on playground as a kid echo into adulthood for everyday joes like you and I, but sadly the state doesn't get it. The state manages to hurt people who commit victimless crimes, takes people's private property for the "common good", and then they take away your choices whether by ballot, red tape and regulation, and executive decree.
The ability to think for oneself is the biggest threat to those who wish to have absolute sovereignty over the individual natural rights and free will.
You think you want freedom? Tolerance? Respect? The ability to control your life and yours alone? Start by asking yourself this: Each time someone wants to make a new law of some sort, is so important it's worth being enforced at gunpoint?
Once you start looking at the world from that vantage point my friend, welcome to the world of the unplugged, the uncontrolled, and the free thinking.
You are libertarian.
rock, love, and live free...
Remso W. Martinez
You Can't Open Locked Doors (Is it worth it?)
Most Liberty minded people are excited about Liberty, and love talking about how we can make society free-er. To a lot of citizens we are welcomed with open arms, and to some we are met with retaliation, and hostility. Why? How can the concept of “Liberty” be a bad thing? I have been asking myself the same question. I have been a activist for about two years and a true believer for about seven. To most I may come across as a extremist, to others I am not extreme enough.
Ok, I think most people need to understand that the outlook of Liberty is only a portion of population. There are some with the same intensity and dedication on the other side of the fence. The collectivist can be just as extreme and passionate in their way of thinking as I am. Sometimes we need to understand we can't change their opinions, just like nobody can change ours. Let me ask you Liberty minded individuals? Would you change mind about libertarianism if you lost a argument? Of course not. Neither would the collectivist.
It's on the same page with trying to convince a Christian that the way of Islam is the true way. It's a locked door. Maybe after years and years of losing arguments the so called socialist or communist, could possibly see the light. After many years on education, and factoring in the mental the personal resolve of the individual, but chances are slim that we can make a difference in their lives. It is trendy and idealistic to be Socialists. It’s just not cool to be a Capitalist.( Financial Samurai) I think we should do everything we can to make capitalism cool in the public eye. Capitalism is eloquent, beautiful, and truly the most fair system ever created. What the media has done, is focus in on Crony-Capitalism as the poster child for Capitalism. While Crony Capitalism or I like to call it “Corporatism” Is Socialism at the top, and capitalism on the bottom, isn't what a true free market capitalists believe in either. It is socialism disguised as capitalism. It is the socialism: with bailouts, special privileges, and their believe in “too big to fail mentality”. This however doesn’t fit the narrative. They just want to you to believe that all capitalists are evil.
Not all causes are lost, but is it worth the effort?
The locked door does however have a key. The key is held by the person owning the door, or the individual. The individual may have more than one lock on their door or numerous locks. We have to take a step back and look for open and closed doors, instead of putting too much energy trying to open locked doors that just won't budge. We can win the hearts and minds of the open and closed doors with greater ease. Once we win those hearts and minds, the locked doors will follow.
In Liberty and Rock n Roll